27. March 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: Linux

Apt-Get is a great command line tool for downloading apps in Linux, but lately I’ve tried apt-fast …Apt-fast is a simple command line utility that can make installation and upgrading of softwares in Ubuntu/Debian much faster.

Apt-Fast uses the Axel download accelerator to download different pieces of a package simultaneously, lowering the total time it takes to download a package (this is all about HTTP/FTP downloads). To set it up, download the shell script, put it in your home folder, and run the following commands:

[pensacola@pensacola-tech ~]# sudo apt-get install axel

[pensacola@pensacola-tech ~]#sudo mv apt-fast.sh /usr/bin/apt-fast

[pensacola@pensacola-tech ~]#sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/apt-fast

You can now install packages from terminal using the “apt-fast” argument.

E.g: [pensacola@pensacola-tech ~]#apt-fast install gftp

Note that this doesn’t speed up your actual internet connection, just downloads from Synaptic or the Ubuntu Software Center!

1 Comment

  1. This works great from the command line, but doesn’t seem to affect the Software Center. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the Software Center simply show a GUI while running the terminal “apt-get instal xyz” in the background? If so, I’d like to do what other users have suggested and remap all instances of “apt-get” (even those generated by such a front end) to “apt-fast.” I won’t even ask if this CAN be done. We’re talking Linux here. Of course it can. But HOW can it be done and SHOULD it be done? Will I break something in the process? Thanks in advance. Cheers.

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